The Big FAT Debate

The Big FAT Debate

Posted by Bhavash Padhiar | 15 August 2016 | Health & Fitness

With the excitement of tennis, heatwaves and now the Olympics, just before the change of our prime minister we’ve been subjected to the news that the government has been wrong all these years. Nothing new in politics then. So why exactly is low-fat food, bad and ‘fatty’ food, good?

Guilty pleasures...

Guilty pleasures…

It turns out that fat isn’t the enemy but refined carbohydrates and sugar are. But what does this all mean?

Dr Aseem Malhotra, a renowned cardiologist, has just released his documentary The Big Fat Fix which addresses the issues with what and how we eat. It looks at lifestyle changes and dispelling popular misconceptions about healthy weight, cholesterol and the Mediterranean diet.

Misconceptions about the Mediterranean diet

Misconceptions about the Mediterranean diet

The documentary looks at healthy lifestyle and takes them to Pioppi, southern Italy, the Unesco protected home of the ‘Med Diet’ and what exactly makes the people of Pioppi very healthy. The key findings found that the locals enjoyed habitual exercise, good levels of Vitamin D, sleep, high quality local produce, olive oil and fatty acids in the absence of sugar and re-engineered wheat in the traditional diet and less stress.

You have to remember that pasta is considered a small starter, and pizza is an occasional treat in Italy.

Dr Aseem Malhotra also looks at heart disease and informs us on how we can be heart healthy in as little as 21 days.

The Big Fat Fix was first screened in parliament on 21st July 2016, and has enjoyed much publicity.

I’ve taken this advice and implemented it in my daily routine. For a month now, I have swapped my toast, sandwiches, sugary snacks and fruit juices for eggs, fish, lots of vegetables and salads and found that my waistline is somewhat slimmer, I have more energy during the day and I’m fuller for longer.

The next step is to get more exercise…ok, one thing at a time.

Our health blogger, Bhavash Padhiar is the founder of Amara Spa, a day spa and leading skincare centre in Fulham, London.

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